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The Resource The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865, Michael J. Collins

The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865, Michael J. Collins

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The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865
Title
The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865
Statement of responsibility
Michael J. Collins
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Language
eng
Summary
This book argues that to truly understand the short story form, one must look at how it was shaped by the lively, chaotic, and deeply politicized world of 19th-century transatlantic theater and performance culture. By resurrecting long-neglected theatrical influences on representative works of short fiction, Michael J. Collins demonstrates that it was the unruly culture of the stage that first energized this most significant of American art forms. Whether it was Washington Irving's first job as theater critic, Melville's politically controversial love of British drama, Alcott's thwarted dreams of stage stardom, Poe and Lippard's dramatizations of peculiarly bloodthirsty fraternity hazings, or Hawthorne's fascination with automata, theater was a key imaginative site for the major pioneers of the American short story. The book shows how perspectives from theater studies, anthropology,and performance studies can enrich readings of the short story form. Moving beyond arbitrary distinctions between performance and text, it suggests that this literature had a social life and was engaged with questions of circumatlantic and transnational culture. It suggests that the short story itself was never conceived as a nationalist literary form,but worked by mobilizing cosmopolitan connections and meanings. In so doing, the book resurrects a neglected history of American Federalism and its connections to British literary forms
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1984-
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Collins, Michael J.
Dewey number
813/.010903
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.S5
LC item number
C55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Short stories, American
  • American fiction
  • Performance in literature
  • Performing arts in literature
  • Theater in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • America
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • American fiction
  • Literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Performance in literature
  • Performing arts in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • Short stories, American
  • Theater in literature
  • America
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The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865, Michael J. Collins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Irving brothers at the Park Theatre, 1802 -- "No garden of thought, nor elysium of fancy": Washington Irving's The sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent -- The rites of pure brotherhood: fraternalism and performance in Poe and Lippard -- "The rule of men entirely great": Richelieu, ritual, and republicanism in Melville's diptychs -- The "child of nature," or the "wonder of the age": Melville's child prodigies -- "Contending for an empire": performing sincerity in Hawthorne's New England -- Epilogue: Louisa May Alcott's theatrical realism
Control code
946987469
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780472130030
Lccn
2016007481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)946987469
Label
The drama of the American short story, 1800-1865, Michael J. Collins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Irving brothers at the Park Theatre, 1802 -- "No garden of thought, nor elysium of fancy": Washington Irving's The sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent -- The rites of pure brotherhood: fraternalism and performance in Poe and Lippard -- "The rule of men entirely great": Richelieu, ritual, and republicanism in Melville's diptychs -- The "child of nature," or the "wonder of the age": Melville's child prodigies -- "Contending for an empire": performing sincerity in Hawthorne's New England -- Epilogue: Louisa May Alcott's theatrical realism
Control code
946987469
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 270 pages
Isbn
9780472130030
Lccn
2016007481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)946987469

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